Ever Present: a lesson on comparative histories

What can be learnt when First Peoples' art from Australia and Southeast Asia are placed in conjunction?

Heralded as Asia’s largest exhibition of First Nations art from Australia, Ever Present: First Peoples Art of Australia at National Gallery Singapore is an extensive survey drawing on the National Gallery of Australia and The Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art.

Capturing over 170 works by 150 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, the works dates back to 1890 and across a breadth of contemporary practices.

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Celina Lei is an Arts Writer at ArtsHub. She acquired her masters in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Prior to joining ArtsHub, she was an editorial assistant at the Hong Kong based ArtAsiaPacific magazine and is an art host on independent Instagram platform Club Ambroise. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne, Victoria. Instagram: @lleizy_